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As Daniel Dennett observes, where it is difficult to believe a thing, it is often much easier to believe that you ''ought'' to believe it. What does it ''mean'' to believe that the Ultimate Cosmic Sky is both perfectly blue and perfectly green? The statement is confusing; it's not even clear what it would mean to believe it - what exactly would be believed, if you believed. You can much more easily believe that it is ''proper'', that it is ''good'' and ''virtuous'' and ''beneficial'', to believe that the Ultimate Cosmic Sky is both perfectly blue and perfectly green.  Dennett calls this "belief in belief".
 
As Daniel Dennett observes, where it is difficult to believe a thing, it is often much easier to believe that you ''ought'' to believe it. What does it ''mean'' to believe that the Ultimate Cosmic Sky is both perfectly blue and perfectly green? The statement is confusing; it's not even clear what it would mean to believe it - what exactly would be believed, if you believed. You can much more easily believe that it is ''proper'', that it is ''good'' and ''virtuous'' and ''beneficial'', to believe that the Ultimate Cosmic Sky is both perfectly blue and perfectly green.  Dennett calls this "belief in belief".
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* [[Belief]]
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* [[Free-floating belief]]
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* [http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/07/belief-in-belie.html Belief in Belief]
 
  
 
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Revision as of 18:40, 5 June 2009

As Daniel Dennett observes, where it is difficult to believe a thing, it is often much easier to believe that you ought to believe it. What does it mean to believe that the Ultimate Cosmic Sky is both perfectly blue and perfectly green? The statement is confusing; it's not even clear what it would mean to believe it - what exactly would be believed, if you believed. You can much more easily believe that it is proper, that it is good and virtuous and beneficial, to believe that the Ultimate Cosmic Sky is both perfectly blue and perfectly green. Dennett calls this "belief in belief".

See also

Primary article